South Africa – Wine Exports Resume

Good news, the government of South Africa is permitting wine exports to resume.  The information was published in the Government Gazette confirming the update to the current regulations:     1. During the lockdown period, the transportation of the wines and any other fresh produce products at the sea ports and International Airports Designated as Port…

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Shipping Update April 7, 2020

We’re here to help you navigate your shipments during these challenging times!   You can learn more about what to expect for shipping (highlights below) in the next few months and more details in the latest North American Market Update (please contact us if you are not included in the distribution).  Ocean carriers reduce capacity (cancel sailings)…

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Shipping from Europe? Here’s some important information

If you are planning any shipments from Europe in the near term, we wanted to give you some information specific to planning your lead times.   Reduced weekly capacity from Europe to the US Major carriers have started introducing sailing service changes (cancelling specific vessels on a schedule rotation or suspending services on key shipping corridors. …

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USA – News Update for North American Shippers

We’re operating in a new normal today.  We remain committed to keeping the Hillebrand network fully operational, with business continuity protocols in place around the globe.  With tightening restrictions worldwide, shipping demand is dropping and this will prolong the disruption to ocean service schedules, equipment supply and financial pressure for carriers.   Learn more about what…

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Hillebrand Monthly Bunker Levels for May 2020

Ocean carriers today are operating in a maritime regulatory environment that has reduced allowable sulfur emissions from ocean vessels in global waters from 3.5% to 0.5% (January 2020).  Emission control areas surrounding North America and Europe are already restricted to 0.1%.   Low sulfur fuel prices trade at different rates globally and as such the new bunker…

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Alert – South Africa Suspends Alcohol Production, Sales, Exports; Wine Industry to Counter Measures March 26, 2020​

The government of South Africa has taken an extreme containment measure in response to COVID-19 and has suspended the production, sale and export of all alcohol in the country.  These restrictions will go into effect midnight today local time for three weeks, until April 16, 2020.  Production of alcohol for industrial use and for hand…

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USA / Canada – Port Terminals and Import and Export Operations

Port terminals across North America are adjusting to the current environment – committed to remaining open to ensure the flow of goods, but also adjusting on a weekly basis to vessel calls.  When there is not enough maritime volume, terminals have been adjusting with reducing hours or suspending gate operations on certain days. For customers…

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USA – Operations Update on COVID-19 for North America – Tuesday March 24, 2020

Despite the increase in containment measures across North America and around the world, the beverage supply chain continues to move forward as part of essential services.  We continue to manage your bookings, transportation, warehousing and customs clearance needs to keep your business moving during these times.  Our shipping partner Hillebrand and its global network remains…

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